SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

ECDC develops communication toolkit on norovirus prevention for schools

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced on Wednesday that it developed a communication toolkit for schools to help prevent the spread of gastrointestinal diseases, such as norovirus.

The toolkit was created for school communities to help decrease the risk of transmission of communicable diseases in schools. It provides a wide variety of information and templates health and school authorities can use to run education-based preventative campaigns across schools in the European Union.

The toolkit includes important information about the spread of communicable diseases and marketing materials, such as posters, presentations, images, slogan ideas and key phrases, to successfully run a campaign. It also includes a handbook for authorities, which highlights proper prevention methods and the proper procedure to follow in the event of a gastrointestinal disease outbreak.

The toolkit provides important information on how gastrointestinal diseases are spread and how to create an effective community-based prevention plan. It also gives suggestions on how a school community can enhance its capabilities to promote health and prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The toolkit is a prototype and will initially be released for pilot studies. The toolkit will be improved based on the feedback of the pilot studies before being fully released for use.

The toolkit was developed in response to an ECDC report titled "Prevention of norovirus infection in schools and childcare facilities." The report gave recommendations for preventing and controlling the outbreaks of gastrointestinal diseases.